Home » Texas » Throckmorton

James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Throckmorton

Texas

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Surely
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Yes, Strong Oral Tradition
Year of Greatest Interest
1930
Still Sundown?
Probably

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930 1135 0
1940 1153 2
1950 1320 0
1960
1970 1105 1
1980 1174
1990 0
2000 905 1
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion
  • Threat of Violence
  • Unknown

Main Ethnic Group(s)

  • Unknown

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black

Comments

Nearby Rotan’s Govan High School had a black football trainer in the 1950s. “The football team was behind ‘Mr. H’ even in the most hostile racial environments. One incident was in 1953 when Rotan visited Throckmorton High. Govan needed a police
escort to the stadium because of this small town’s hatred for blacks. An example of racial tension in this town was a road sign that said, ‘N—–, don’t let the sun set on you in this town.'”

“My boyhood home Throckmorton, Texas, and surrounding Throckmorton County has not had a single African American resident since the lynching of a black man for murdering a white man in the 1920s or 30’s. I lived in Throckmorton from 1944 until 1956 and still have some family left there. It was common knowledge throughout that part of Texas that African Americans were not welcome in Throckmorton County.
When we buried my brother there in 1995 several African American collegues of his came to the funeral and many of the ‘keepers of the flame’ in the town
were scandalized.” — posted to the web, 2006
Also see comments under Throckmorton County.